Youth Go News - May 2019

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2018/19 European Youth Go Team Championship

This competition consists of International matches played online. The UK team for each match was selected from the following squad:

  • U20 players: Yueran Wang 2 dan, Tom Bradbury 3 kyu.
  • U16 players: Edmund Smith 3 kyu, Josh Gorman 4 kyu, Oscar Selby 5 kyu, Alexander Hsieh 9 kyu.
  • U12 players: Daniel Yang 1 dan, George Han 3 kyu, Jianzhou Mei 15 kyu, Zoe Walters 17 kyu, Yanyi Xiong 17 kyu, Emily Oliviere 19 kyu.
  • Additionally, Bill Shen 1 dan is an associate member of the squad (U16 age group).

In the first match of the championship our team of Daniel, Edmund, Alexander, Jianzhou and Zoe won 3-2 against Croatia.

In the second round, on Saturday 15th December, the team of Yueran, Edmund, George, Daniel and Xiong played a strong German team and lost 4-1.

In the third round, on Saturday 12 January 2019, the team of Yueran, Edmund, Josh, Yanyi and Emily defeated Hungary 4-1.

In the fourth fourth (and final) round, on Saturday 16 February, the team of Daniel, Edmund, Alexander, Yanyi and Jianzhou lost to Czechia 3-2.

As a result the team ended up 7th out of 12.

Youth Camp

After the success of last year’s second residential youth Go camp we will return to Caythorpe for a longer stay at the end of August (Tuesday 27th - Friday 30th August). As before, it will be a mixture of outdoor activities, Go games and mentoring, aimed at those in school year 6 or older.

Here are full details.

UK Go Challenge 2019

The 2019 Go Challenge is open for entries. If you would like to run a heat then please visit

The finals are not planned yet and may now be held in early autumn.


There are two courses being run in Europe aimed at young players.

Firstly is Yunguseng Dojang

Secondly is the EGF Academy.

Both schools expect you to play some serious games of Go, which are then analysed for you by strong players.

An alterntive is Guo Juan's Go School. She offers a 1 month free trialwith lectures at €1 (€99 for a year) or €49 for access to her training system.

The BGA offers a 50% grant to any Junior who enrolls in one of these schools.

European Youth Go Tournament

This has been taking place in Moscow this year, between 28th April and 4th May. 630 players and adults were attending, but there were no representatives from the UK.

Next year's event will take place in Croatia, and we hope that there will be a lot of UK entries. The planned dates are March 12 - 14.


Details of events open to all are on the BGA tournament calendar

European Events

Catalin Taranu, on behalf of the European Go Federation, has set up a series of European Youth tournaments ("The SEYGO Tour" ), as follows:-

  • 3 - 5 February was in Romania
  • 11 - 12 May in Germany
  • 1 - 8 July in Croatia (Summer Camp)
  • 17 - 18 August in Vienna
  • October in Geneva (date to be confirmed)
  • 14 - 15 December in Amsterdam


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Last updated Fri May 17 2019.
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